At low to medium volume - DIYSG HTM-12 or 1099?
Most of the reviews and GTG reviews talk about speakers at reference level or >100 db but I almost never listen at those levels. I want to get new LCRs. I've narrowed it down to those two speakers.
A little background:
I started off looking at Emotiva T2/C2 and ELAC. Then started looking at DIY narrowing it down to Anthology towers and Statement II center. Unfortunately, it seems that with almost all towers, the placement restrictions are something along the lines of 3' from a sidewall, 3' away from the wall behind the speakers (can be reduced to 18"), and a minimum of 7 feet separating the towers. You also apply the golden rule: Distance speakers are apart X 1.5 = minimum distance you sit away from the speakers. Way too many restrictions. Plus, the towers are generally focused on music so the term Golden Seat applies. Can't move left or right or up or down or you will move out of the sweet spot. Dispersion is not good. Need a big enough amp to provide headroom for best sound quality and dynamics. Efficiency in mid 80s.
This led me to DIYSG and their Cinema line. High efficiency so I can use my AVR rather than dedicated amps to get the designed sound quality. Wide dispersion using the SEOS waveguide so not just 1 person is in the sweet spot.
The current setup was strictly for HT but then I got a new TV which necessitated a new AVR which allowed me to connect it to wi-fi and use my music streaming service and suddenly, I don't like my Klipsch LCR. They are fine for HT but not for music. It's about 90% HT/10% music. It might change with better speakers.
I'm a grandfather so I grew up with big box speakers (I have JBL L300s) and I've been indoctrinated with 3-ways are better than 2-ways given equally good design and materials. This has me waffling between the 2 way HTM and 3 way 1099. I don't need the high db capability of either speaker. Each speaker generally has a volume level where it "comes alive", at or above that volume, the speaker sounds its best. I have a Denon AVR-X3400 (105 wpc) and I generally listen at a volume setting between 35 - 60 (wife usually asks me to turn it down if I get into high 50's - she puts tissue in her ears at the movie theater).
So at my desired volume level, is there a difference in dynamics, dialog clarity, "aliveness", musicality? I have a flat screen that is currently on a stand with the center speaker under it. I just bought a wall mount in preparation for having a larger center on the top shelf or a HTM-12 on the floor and raise the TV to the required height. I would prefer a horizontal center on the stand rather than having the HTM-12 on the floor. DIYSG has a HTM horizontal in testing with 10" woofers but no indication when it would be available. So at some point in the future, I could go HTM 12/horizontal 10/12. Hoping those of you that have experience with the HTMs and 1099s will provide me with feedback that pushes me one way or the other. If I go with the HTM, I will probably wait for the horizontal 10.
I've read threads where some feel the HTM is as good as the 1099, others where 1099 is a step above the HTM. I don't want to go down the rabbit hole with upgrade-itis. I've had the Klipsch for 15 years and I'd like to be satisfied with the SQ of the new speakers where I would keep them for that long. I might have to upgrade the surround after upgrading the LCR.
The room is open concept family room - 3 walls then shared space with kitchen/nook/hall. The 3 walls of the family room are 18' L X 12' W (front wall where speakers/TV are) X 29' (back wall) X 8' H. The front wall ends at the hallway/kitchen space.
Thanks for any feedback you can give me about the performance of these speakers at low to medium volume - especially if you can compare the two.
HT: Vizio PQ65-F1, Denon X3400H, DIYSG 1099 LCR, Klipsch RS-3 ii, R-12SWi, R-112SW, Sony UBP-X700
Music: Accuphase P300 amp, Accuphase C200 pre, JBL L300 (yes, 40 year old equipment)